On cold winter days, few sensations are more comforting than heat rising from warm floors. Propane is a great energy source for this type of hydronic (liquid-based) radiant heating, which is far more efficient than electric. Even better, propane helps eliminate the feeling of drafts while its clean energy helps preserve the environment right outside your window.
Propane tops electricity for radiant efficiency
Hydronic radiant floor heating is one of the most popular and cost-effective technologies for cold-weather climates. By contrast, electric radiant floor heat requires both a significant thermal mass (like a heavy concrete floor) and low utility rates to justify the operating expense. By using a high-efficiency propane boiler, you can reap the benefits of safe, reliable in-floor heating — and big energy savings — regardless of where you live.
Good for you, good for nature
Put simply, radiant heating is the sensation you feel when heat transfers from a warm surface throughout a room. Propane floor heating is more efficient than conventional furnaces (since no energy is lost through ductwork), and the lack of forced air movement is often easier on people with sensitive health conditions. Meanwhile, the clean energy used to operate a propane boiler reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 60 percent over those generated in producing electricity. That's a win-win combination that can keep you — and nature — in tip-top health.
3 tips for safe installation and maintenance
Each day, millions of people use propane for their home heating needs. If you're ready to reap the benefits of propane's exceptional energy, consider the following tips:
- Evaluate your needs. Before buying or converting your home's heating system, consider having a trained propane contractor evaluate your heating needs. The Department of Energy says many homes have oversized heating systems, which leads to inefficient (and wasteful) operation.
- Go zone. To get the best results from a radiant floor heating system, consider asking your contractor about zone monitoring, in which each room's temperature can be controlled by regulating hot water flow to those specific areas.
- Hire a professional installer. Only a qualified service technician has the proper training to install, service, and maintain your new propane radiant floor heating system. For a list of professionally-trained service providers, contact your nearest propane retailer.